Local Administrative Boards

The Law Office of Will M. Helixon, with offices located in Vilseck and Wiesbaden, Germany, is comprised of a team of military lawyers who possess extensive experience in various aspects of legal representation. Our lawyers have served as both government counsel (recorders) prosecuting local administrative boards and as defense counsel, advocating for our Soldier-clients in local administrative board proceedings. Additionally, Will M. Helixon has provided legal advice to board presidents responsible for conducting local administrative boards.

If you receive notification that you will be the Respondent in a local administrative board, it is crucial to seek legal counsel immediately. While you will typically be provided with a military lawyer, you have the right to retain the services of a seasoned civilian military lawyer who can effectively prepare you and represent you during the local board proceeding. When the outcome of the local administrative board proceeding significantly impacts your continued service and associated benefits, it is essential to contact one of our experienced lawyers at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon. We are dedicated to maximizing your chances of retention in the service.

What Are Local Administrative Boards?

A local administrative board is established by the local convening authority, typically the Special Court-Martial Convening Authority (SPCMCA), who is usually a brigade-level commander, or the General Court-Martial Convening Authority (GCMCA), who is the commanding general. These boards consist of members within the SPCMCA or GCMCA’s command and are convened to address cases of misconduct or inefficiency concerning a soldier. The local administrative boards adhere to procedural due process safeguards, ensuring the following rights: notification of the proceeding and evidence against the soldier, the right to counsel, the right to respond to the allegations, the right to present evidence and witnesses, the right to cross-examine witnesses, and the right to make arguments before the local board. Boards are required when the respondent soldier has over six years of service or when the government seeks to separate them with an Other Than Honorable Discharge.

Local administrative boards, also known as adverse administrative actions, are crucial elements of the local personnel process, providing soldiers with an opportunity to present their cases. These boards encompass various types, such as the Administrative Reduction Board, which evaluates whether an enlisted soldier should continue serving in their current rank or grade; the Administrative Separation Board (ADSEP Board), which determines whether an enlisted soldier should be separated from the Army, including the characterization of service; the Board of Inquiry (BOI), commonly referred to as a “Show Cause Board,” which assesses whether an officer soldier should be separated from the Army, specifying the characterization of service; and the De-Credentialing Board (MTF Licensing & Credentialing), responsible for reviewing whether a healthcare provider should retain their licensing credentials to practice at the local Military Treatment Facility, following a recommendation by the peer review committee.

These local boards hold significant influence over a soldier’s career and ongoing service in the Army. Should you find yourself facing any of these boards, it is imperative to promptly seek assistance from the Law Office of Will M. Helixon. Their team of experts can help you fully comprehend your rights and ensure you have the best possible representation, maximizing your chances of obtaining favorable outcomes during the board hearing.

What is an Administrative Reduction Board (Local Administrative Board)?

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What is an Administrative Separation Board (ADSEP Board) Local Administrative Board?

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What is a Board of Inquiry (BOI) Local Administrative Board or “Show Cause” Board?

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What is a De-Credentialing Board at the Local Military Treatment Facility?

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How can the Law Office of Will M. Helixon Assist a Soldier Who is the Subject of an Administrative Investigation?

In most Adverse Administrative Actions, there is always some degree of due process.  Whether it is being provided notice of a board hearing and the right to personal appearance where they can cross-examine witnesses, or whether the Soldier is limited to reviewing the evidence against them and providing a written response, an adverse administrative action will not take place without any notice to the Soldier.  When faced with an action that could result in an involuntary separation, the filing of “bad paper” in one’s official file (AMHRR), or reduction in rank, it is critical that the Soldier seek the sound advice of experienced military lawyers.  At the Law Office of Will M. Helixon we stand ready to apply our years of collective experience in responding to your Adverse Administrative Action to assist you in developing a fact specific and carefully tailored response to your situation.  Knowing how to respond is what we do, day in and day out. If you want an experienced, dedicated, military attorney, who has decades of experience working on military law issues including handling Adverse Administrative Actions, contact one of the military lawyers at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon for an immediate consultation.  We will analyze your case, and develop the best possible response to keep you in the Army at your current rank with your continued entitlements and benefits of military service.  When your retirement, worth millions of dollars over your lifetime, is on the line, don’t gamble on your legal representation.  Call the Law Office of Will M. Helixon today.  Will M. Helixon and John Caulwell, with over 45 years of combined military experience, are ready to assist you today.  We will develop a strategy to keep you in the fight, and serve our nation, until you decide it is time to retire.  Control your own destiny.  Call us today.

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More about the Law Office of Will M. Helixon.

Will M. Helixon established the Law Office of Will M. Helixon in February of 2016.  Originally headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, the firm’s original mission was to defend members of the military in courts-martialadverse administrative proceedings and other criminal proceedings. Today, the firm has worked as military lawyers in multiple complex and high-profile military cases.  The firm now handles most military matters, including medical issues involving the MEB/PEB processadverse administrative matters, military justice matters including Nonjudicial PunishmentAdministrative Separation Boards, and Boards of Inquiry, and legal assistance matters, including rebutting GOMORs, responding to QMP Boards, fighting attempts to revoke Soldier’s security clearances, and submitting matters for the correction of military records.  The firm also assists officers navigate the minefield of findings of adverse information (AAIP) in AR 15-6 Investigations (command directed investigations), Selection Boards (Promotion Boards), Special Selection Boards, and Special Selection Review Boards (SSRB).  No longer in Kansas City, the firm now has European offices physically located in Vilseck, Germany and in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Call us today to assist with your legal issue in Europe, Germany, or the United States.  All military lawyers at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon maintain licenses to practice before all military trial courts.

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The Law Office of Will M. Helixon, your Warrior Law TeamTM, with over a century of combined legal experience, has served as Warrior AdvocatesTM in multiple complex and high-profile military cases.  Founded in 2015, and rebranded and relaunched on October 14, 2023, the Warrior AdvocatesTM of the firm represent Warrior ClientsTM in most military law cases, including military justice matters, adverse administrative actions, complex legal assistance issues, affirmative administrative actions, and fundamental military employment problems.

Our Warrior AdvocatesTM defend Warrior ClientsTM in military justice matters including courts-martial ranging from premeditated murder to rape and sexual assault, from BAH fraud to DUI and drug offense, and military offenses from maltreatment of subordinates and sexual harassment to violating lawful orders and insubordination. Our Warrior AdvocatesTM also represent Warrior ClientsTM pending law enforcement investigations, at administrative boards and non-judicial punishment hearings, and in involuntary separations and “chapter” actions alleging misconduct.

Experts in rebutting adverse administrative actions, our Warrior AdvocatesTM represent Warrior ClientsTM facing command-directed investigations and AR 15-6 investigations, responding to adverse findings of investigations and AAIP filings, and answering notices seeking to revoke security clearances and professional de-credentialing.

Pending the need for legal advice for complex legal assistance questions, Warrior ClientsTM routinely rely on our Warrior AdvocatesTM in responding to GOMORs, letters of reprimand, and referred, relief for cause, and negative performance evaluations (NCOERs and OERs), assisting with medical issues such as MEBs and PEBs, navigating centralized board actions such as applications to the service component Board of Correction of Military Records (BCMRs) and Discharge Review Boards, and answering QMP Boards, the DASEB, the AGDRB, SSRBs, and other service-specific boards.

When our Warrior ClientsTM suffer wrongs by their command or fellow service members, our Warrior AdvocatesTM advise and assist submitting Inspector General (IG) complaints, Equal Opportunity (EO) complaints, and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) grievances and filing complaints and claims under Article 138 UCMJ (remedying command wrongs) and Article 139 UCMJ (compensation for wrongful taking/damage to personal property).

Our Warrior AdvocatesTM also assist Warrior ClientsTM with basic military employment issues including responding to notices of suspensions and terminations and submitting initial applications with the EEOC and MSPB.

Call our Warrior AdvocatesTM at the Law Office of Will M. Helixon, your Warrior Law TeamTM, today to help with your legal issues in Germany, Poland, and the United States.  All our Warrior AdvocatesTM maintain licenses to practice before all military trial courts.Our Warrior AdvocatesTM also assist Warrior ClientsTM with basic military employment issues including responding to notices of suspensions and terminations and submitting initial applications with the EEOC and MSPB.


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